Mixed and single-sex dorms and private rooms at Harbourside Backpackers are smart and shiny clean, immaculate almost to the point of feeling a little sterile, but thankfully the friendly staff add some semblance of warmth.
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Air-con dorms provide sturdy wooden bunkbeds and windows that let in lots of sunlight. Private rooms come in configurations to suit solo travellers through to families, with share or private facilities. We thought the privates a little boxy and overpriced considering they offer nothing more than a bed, and better value can be found in some local hotels.
Spotless share bathrooms will have you believing this place is brand new, and not several years old (they opened in 2012); it’s really one of the cleanest hostels we’ve seen in Sabah. A spacious and comfy communal lounge offers big inviting couches and a sizeable flatscreen TV along with a good selection of DVDs. It’s also a great spot for meeting other travellers.
Included breakfast is served in the share kitchen, which is, you guessed it, spick and span. Drinks including beer are available to buy. Staff will go out of their way to help you get the best deals on last-minute Kinabatangan tours and offer advice on which is the right fit for you. Harbourside Backpackers is in a handy location, very close to the Harbour Mall and the waterfront. You’ll need to book — it’s popular. Nearby Sandakan Backpackers
is a good alternative or for a private room, a decent budget hotel pick is May Fair Hotel
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Dorm air-con, low season: 30 ringgit, high season 30 ringgit. Notes:
Room: Sgl fan share bathroom, low season: 55 ringgit, high season 55 ringgit. Notes:
Room: Sgl air-con private bathroom, low season: 65 ringgit, high season 65 ringgit. Notes:
Room: Dbl air-con share bathroom, low season: 70 ringgit, high season 70 ringgit. Notes:
Room: Dbl air-con private bathroom, low season: 90 ringgit, high season 90 ringgit. Notes:
Room: Triple air-con share bathroom, low season: 105 ringgit, high season 105 ringgit. Notes:
Room: Triple air-con private bathroom, low season: 135 ringgit, high season 135 ringgit. Notes:
Lot 42, Block HS-4 Harbour Square, Sandakan
T: (089) 217 072
Room rates: Under 60 ringgit